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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (7/2/21)

Who will be the Last Frenemy Standing?



Coverage SmackDown 2021

Another epic grudge match between Prizefighter and Great Liberator!

SmackDown raises the stakes as we head for Money in the Bank! Will it be Kevin Owens or Sami Zayn as THE Last Man Standing heading for MITB?


  • Big E & Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez; Big E & Nakamura win.
  • Money in the Bank Qualifier Last Man Standing Match: Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn; Kevin wins and advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.
  • Liv Morgan VS Zelina Vega; Morgan wins.
  • Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Angelo Dawkins; Otis wins.


Edge is here again!

The Rated R Superstar made sure Roman Reigns knew he was back last week with that attack all around ringside, and now he’s in the ThunderDome again as he’s not set to face Roman for the WWE Universal Championship 1v1 at Money in the Bank! Edge gets a mic to say, “WrestleMania was supposed to be the culmination of a 10 year story. Winning the Universal Championship 10 years to the day after being forced to retire as the World Heavyweight Champion would’ve made for a hell of a story, wouldn’t it?” Edge envisioned it so much that he knew it’d happen. But then it didn’t. Edge didn’t see that coming, it wasn’t in his plans.

Full transparency, it rocked him. Edge took time to recover, and thinking it back in his brain, and even watching it back, something he never does. Roman likes to gloss over some key points that happened at Mania. Edge could complain about how his one fear of Daniel Bryan being involved would cost Edge came true. How Bryan stopped Roman from tapping out. How Bryan pulled the ref out after Edge hit a Spear. Roman was practically stapled to the mat, he wasn’t getting up. Edge could complain about Jey Uso stopping a Con-Chair-To. He could, he really could, and would be justified in doing so. 2006 Edge definitely would have.

But 2021 Edge understands that there will always be excuses and obstacles. Edge spent his entire career knocking down obstacles, or he wouldn’t be here right now! “I don’t stop.” But here’s the thing: Now that Edge has been in here with Roman 1v1, he knows he can win. More importantly, Roman knows it. They’re the only ones that know because Roman felt it as Edge felt it. Edge knows Roman won’t admit it, but here’s some proof: the picture of Edge getting Roman in the crossface with the chair crossbar in his mouth! Look at those bugged out, crossed eyes! Those eyes have fear! They’re in deep water, deeper than they’ve ever been in before

Now look at Edge’s face. That’s the look of a man who knows he lives inside the other man’s head! When you can make a man look like Roman does, you live in his head for life! When Roman heard Edge’s music, the look on his face solidified what Edge already knew. Roman knew deep down that no matter what the odds say non paper, Edge has Roman’s number. Edge vows to beat Roman, it’s just a matter of when. This is inevitable. Edge will be WWE Universal Champion! The Rated R Superstar is ready, but will he get revenge and redemption at MITB?


Paul Heyman watches this from the private suite.

Jimmy Uso walks over and says everyone obviously just heard that. Everyone knows Edge is talking about having Roman’s number, about how Roman’s gonna lose at MITB. Tell Jimmy Edge ain’t saying all that. Jimmy will tell Roman again that he’s got Roman’s back just like Roman’s got his. When Roman gets here, he and Jimmy will put Edge down and stamp the family flag right in the middle of Edge’s forehead. Heyman just stares at Jimmy, but will he advise Roman to follow Jimmy’s plan?


Rick Boogs rocks out!

“Hear ye, hear ye! Welcome to Friday Night SmackDown!” Boogs is here to rock with the one TRUE king of ALLLLL WWE~! #Kingsuke NakamurAAAAAAA~! The theme plays and here comes the King of Strong Style! Shinsuke goes to the ring and his rocking bard follows, and they continue to rock out. But now here comes Big E! The Powerhouse of Positivity is excited to be teaming with The King against their eternal rivals! Will Nakamura be able to #ThinkBig and take down the WWE Intercontinental Champion and the former Wolf King?

Big E & Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Rick Boogs VS Baron Corbin & Apollo Crews w/ Commander Azeez!

SmackDown returns as Apollo makes his entrance, Azeez following behind. Then Corbin makes his entrance, only reminded of his failure by his titantron still reading “King Corbin.” His beard is scruffy and his face is sullen, and then as if adding insult to injury, the ring announcer forgets to change back to announcing him as Baron Corbin. Corbin still joins Apollo at the corner and teams sort out. Apollo starts against #Kingsuke and they circle. They tie up, Nakamura headlocks, but Apollo powers out. They ram shoulders, and Apollo dares Nakamura to try again. Nakamura runs but Apollo reel shim in for a headlock!

Nakamura throws body shots, powers out but Apollo runs him over. Apollo tells Corbin to snap out of it, he needs Corbin in this match. Apollo turns around, ducks one kick but not the other! Nakamura gets Apollo up, whips him to the corner and back elbows! Nakamura hoists Apollo onto the top rope, rolls back and comes in for the TOP SHELF KNEE! Boogs rocks out as Big E wants to tag in. Nakamura gives him the tag, and together, they give Apollo GOOD~ Vibrations! Big E gets Apollo up and goes around with him for an abdominal stretch! Apollo endures, fights out but Big E CLOBBERS him with an elbow! Cover, TWO!

Big E gets Apollo up but Apollo throat chops! Big E runs in, Apollo elbows him away and tags in Corbin! Big E BLASTS Corbin, goes out after Apollo, but Corbin CLOBBERS Big E! Corbin throws Big E up and over the barriers and snarls as he backs off. Corbin’s anger might help him get through his depression while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Corbin rains down elbows on Big E! Corbin puts on a half nelson chinbar and grinds Big E but the ThunderDome rallies up! Big E fights up, throws body shots, and runs, but Corbin elbows him down! Cover, TWO! Corbin drags Big E up, brings him over and tags in Apollo. They mug Big E, Apollo throws haymakers, then wrenches an arm to whip Big E to ropes for a BIG dropkick! Apollo grins and looms over Big E. Apollo wraps on a facelock and grinds Big E down. Big E fights up, powers his way towards his corner, but Apollo shoves him away to ENZIGURI! Big E ends up in the corner, Apollo runs in, but Big E sends Apollo out!

Corbin tags in as Apollo goes flying, and he gets ahead of Big E to whip him into buckles! Corbin DECKS Nakamura, scoops Big E and POWERSLAMS! Cover, Nakamura breaks it! Apollo is in and he GERMAN SUPLEXES Nakamura! Apollo chases Nakamura out, scoops but Nakamura slides off to ENZIGURI Apollo down! Corbin gives more elbows to Big E and has the half nelson chinbar again! Big E endures, but “Ladies and gentlemen, whoever is the rightful owner of a white Mercedes SUV with the license plate KING-CR-BN, it looks like your car’s being towed!” Corbin can’t believe it, but YES! His Mercedes-Benz is being repo’d!!

Corbin is devastated as his world just keeps going down the drain! Big E scoops him for a BIG ENDING! Cover, Big E & Nakamura win!

Winners: Shinsuke Nakamura & Big E, by pinfall

Corbin is hurting in more ways than one right now as the losses keep piling up in and out of the ring. What more can happen to the fallen king before he hits rock bottom?


Bayley heads to the ring!

The Role Model is back in a good mood because she pinned the SmackDown Women’s Champion last week! “You’re welcome, ThunderDome!” But will she still be in a good mood after having a face-to-face with Bianca Belair after the break?

SmackDown returns and Bayley has a mic already and says, “I’m not the type of person to come out here and brag and say ‘I told you so,’ but pff, I told you so!” Bianca Belair winning at Hell in a Cell was a fluke, and Bayley proved it winning last week, 1-2-3, ding ding dong! And the best was the look in Bianca’s eyes! A look of loss, despair, defeat, and questioning everything that she did wrong. We all know how strong Bianca is physically, but she’s mentally weak! Bayley made it look easy reigning for 380 days compared to Bianca’s just 80 days, but a loss like that this early is not a good sign! Bianca is clearly crumbling under the weight of our expectations.

Bianca better get her head in the game because in two short weeks, the WWE is back live in front of the fans! And Bayley would be so sad to see Bianca completely fall apart in front of all the little kids who worship her! It could happen. Bayley soaks up the heat from the ThunderDome fans but says, “Bianca ain’t nothing to Bayley! Never has, never will be!” But speaking of, here comes the EST! Bianca joins Bayley in the ring, gets herself a mic, and says, “Girrrl. What you need is a little crack in that mouth!” Bayley may want the title, but Bianca has the title. Bianca keeps beating Bayley over and over and over again but Bayley keeps coming back. It’s like Bayley is obsessed!

And Bayley thinks Bianca is in her head? No, Bayley knows it! Bianca can’t even look her in the eye! Bianca’s shaking in her boots, her nails are clacking together, she’s breathing heavy- Y’know what? Bianca admits Bayley IS in her head. No matter how many times Bianca wins, Bayley has excuses, so Bayley’s voice is always in Bianca’s head. The only way to end this is for Bianca to embarrass her to the point of no return. Bayley tries to laugh that off but Bianca says she is so OVER Bayley. Bianca thinks, and says if the officials will allow it, they will have a title match, in an I QUIT match!! Bayley says that has to be a joke. But Bianca’s serious! Bayley really did get in Bianca’s head!

Bianca knows Bayley well enough that Bayley’s never quit anything in her life! This is what she’s wanted to do her whole life, and she’s here, and has done everything she wanted to, more than anything Bianca ever could do. So if Bianca can make Bayley say “I Quit,” she’d quit SmackDown. No wait, she’d quit the WWE! And wrestling altogether! But hearing Bianca say those words wouldn’t surprise Bayley at all. We all know that Bianca is not the champion she portrays herself to be. Bianca has no chance, so Bayley accepts!

And now Bianca laughs at Bayley! What’s so funny? Bianca thought she was so sick of Bayley running her mouth, but Bianca just realized how excited she is to hear Bayley say those words, “I Quit.” Will Bayley eat her words here tonight after saying those two powerful words at MITB?


Heyman paces about in the private suite.

But he smiles as Jimmy returns. Is Roman here yet? It’s cool, because when Roman gets here, Jimmy knows Edge is waiting. Jimmy knows Roman doesn’t care about all that, but what is he waiting on? Wait, Jimmy’s got it! Roman’s waiting on Jimmy to step up! Jimmy says he’ll get this. He’ll go to Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville and tell them to save some space later tonight. #MainEventJimmy will call Edge out, then beat him up all over the place! Heyman smiles and Jimmy heads out. Will this initiative help Jimmy get in the Tribal Chief’s good graces? Will it also keep Edge from making it to MITB?


Money in the Bank Qualifier Last Man Standing Match: Kevin Owens VS Sami Zayn!

For two decades, these two have gone back and forth, from friends to enemies and back again, all over the world and in multiple promotions. But now, this could all end in a referee’s ten count! Will Kevin #JustKeepFighting to shut Sami up and go to MITB? Or will the “Champion of the People” triumph over the supposed Anti-Sami conspiracy and get the golden ticket?

SmackDown returns as Sami makes his entrance. The bell rings, Kevin dodges Sami to tackle him! Kevin rains down fists, stomps Sami in the corner, then runs corner to corner for a CANNONBALL! The ref starts a count as Sami flops out of the ring. The count is already 5 of 10 as Sami gets up, but Kevin is right after him! Kevin blocks a kick to kick real low and CHOP real hard! Kevin whips Sami into barriers, then stalks him around the way. Sami staggers towards the announce desk but Kevin whips him into more barriers! Kevin aims as Sami slowly drags himself up. Kevin storms back over to ROCK Sami with a right!

Kevin whips, Sami reverses, and Kevin hits barriers! Sami CLOBBERS Kevin as Kevin staggers over! Kevin stands but Sami fires off hands! Kevin hits back, they brawl against barriers, but Kevin ROCKS Sami! Kevin then tosses Sami up and over the barriers, then hurries after him. Kevin SMACKS Sami off ThunderDome screens! And again! And again! Sami staggers, and kicks Kevin in the throat! Kevin’s throat still can’t be 100% from taking Nigerian Nails, but Kevin headbutts Sami down! Kevin climbs the barrier to SWANTON BOMB to the floor! Sami writhes as the count begins again! Sami claws his way to the announce desk and uses it to stand at 6 of 10.

Kevin bounces Sami off the desk! Kevin sets Sami up on the table, throws hands, then climbs up the barrier again! But Sami gets to him first, to TOSS him onto the announce desk!! The table doesn’t break but Kevin’s back might’ve! Kevin writhes as the count begins again. Kevin drags himself up with the steel steps and stands at 7 of 10! Sami is frustrated but this will continue as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Kevin RAMS into Sami in the corner again and again! And again and again! Sami flops over as Kevin finally lets off and a count begins. Kevin watches Sami as he flounders against ropes. Sami is up at 5 but Kevin brings him to his knees and on the ropes. Kevin kicks the rope to jack Sami’s neck up! Now Sami gasps and sputters as a count begins again. Sami manages to sit up and SLAP Kevin, but Kevin SLAPS Sami back down! Sami gets up, Kevin ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then CHOPS him off his feet! The count begins again but Sami flops out of the ring at 3. Kevin goes out after Sami as Sami stands at 6, and then RAMS Sami into a post!

Kevin gets Sami up to POST Sami crotch first! Sami flops off the post and the count begins again. Kevin tells Sami to stay down but Sami refuses. Sami’s up at 7, but Kevin keeps him from getting to far into the ring. Sami ROCKS Kevin, Kevin ROCKS Sami back! Sami throws a haymaker, Kevin SLAPS him down! Kevin starts looking under the ring, and he brings out a TABLE! The ThunderDome likes that and Kevin sets the table up near the corner! Sami stands at 6 of 10, so Kevin gets a SECOND table! Sami flounders about, the count is going again as Kevin sets the second table on the first! Sami is back up at 6 for a second time, but Kevin brings him to the corner!

Kevin gets up top, drags Sami up with him, but Sami fights the suplex! Sami throws body shots, pulls a crossbar’s pad off, and then throws headlock punches! Sami HOTSHOTS Kevin as he jumps down! Kevin sputters again, the damage to his throat coming into play. Sami builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and Sami feels like he’s already won! The count begins and Kevin sits up at 3. Sami shakes his head, wanting Kevin to stay down, but Kevin is up at 5. Sami pursues Kevin into the ring, sits him up and throws crossface forearms! Kevin slaps back, it is a brawl while Kevin is down on the mat! Kevin grabs hair, Sami ROCKS him! Kevin throws haymakers back!

Sami BOOTS Kevin, and gives him a CORNER EXPLODER!! Both men are down so the count is on both of them! The count is 5, Sami staggers up, but Kevin isn’t up until 6. Sami runs in to fire off haymakers, then he hoists Kevin up top. Sami climbs, tries to suplex but Kevin resists! SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! But Kevin may’ve hurt his arm at the same time! The standing count is on both men again but Kevin walks on his knees to ropes. Sami is still down at 5 of 10, but he starts getting up. Sami drags himself up on ropes and is up at 8! Sami gets to a corner, Kevin heads that way, and SUPERKICKS Sami! Sami swings feebly but Kevin SUPERKICKS him again!

Kevin looks at Sami and Sami eggs him on. SUPERKICK number three! Sami stays up using the corner, so Kevin puts him up top. Kevin CHOPS Sami, climbs up to join him, but Sami slips under to SHOVE Kevin over! Kevin crashes through the tables!! The ref checks on Kevin but starts the count. Sami feels like he’s already won but Kevin is stirring at 5! Kevin drags himself to the ring, Sami can’t believe it! Kevin stands at 9.9!! Sami is in shock! Kevin staggers about as Sami argues the count, and SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns again and Sami is setting up tables of his own! Sami throws the announce desk hood at Kevin’s bad arm and Kevin writhes in pain. Sami moves the hood aside to then drag Kevin up by his hair. Kevin hits back but Sami fires off haymakers! Sami drags Kevin up the steel steps and aims for the table he introduced, but Kevin resists by holding the post! Kevin punches back then SMACKS Sami off the post! Kevin gets some space, storms back over and brings Sami around the way to throw into barriers. Sami boots back and kicks the bad arm! Sami CLUBS Kevin to the apron, Kevin climbs the apron but Sami joins him, only for Kevin to BOOT him!

Kevin kicks but Sami blocks the Stunner! Sami half nelsons, for an APRON HALF ‘N’ HALF!! Kevin flops to the floor but the count is on both men as Sami rolls into the ring. Sami sits up at 4, Kevin stirs at 5, and somehow Kevin is up at 7?! Sami is furious as Kevin gets back in the ring, but Sami runs corner to corner for a HELLUVA KICK!! Kevin flops over, the count begins again and Sami talks trash. Kevin pushes himself up at 5, glares at Sami, and stands at 7 again. Sami runs corner to corner again to HELLUVA KICK! But Sami keeps Kevin up this time, because “this is karma! For everything you’ve ever done!” Sami runs corner to corner again for a THIRD HELLUVA KICK!

Kevin drops, the count begins, and Sami leans on ropes as he catches his breath. The count is 5, Kevin slowly rolls, but Sami thinks he’s already got this. Sami never learns because Kevin rolls out to stand at 9!! Sami argues with the ref but that’s just physics for you! Sami goes out and runs around the way, to DAREDEVIL DIVE into a SUPERKICK! Kevin kicks Sami in midflight, then gets in as the count begins. Kevin drags Sami up because he’s not done, whip and POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Sami is down again for another count, and yet Sami stirs at 5! Sami pushes up at 7, stands at 8, but Kevin hits a STUNNER!! Sami flops to the apron and to the floor!

Kevin goes out after Sami, and Sami begs for mercy! Kevin doesn’t care, he drags Sami up. Sami asks, “How did we get here?” And Kevin says KARMA! POWERBOMB through the announce desk! Then a POWERBOMB through Sami’s table! Then a POWERBOMB to the apron!!! Things are full circle for these two as a new standing count begins! It’s 5, then 7! Sami can’t get up, Kevin wins!!

Winner: Kevin Owens (advances to the Men’s MITB Ladder Match)

The Prizefighter finally finishes the Great Liberator, and now he’s going for the briefcase! Will KO #StunTheWorld when he faces a stacked field at MITB?


Backstage interview with Edge.

What does he make of Jimmy’s plan to call him out near the end of the night? Megan Morant, is it? Well, Edge knows she’s new here, but even in her time she has to understand there’s some kind of trap set. Yes, it does seem suspicious. Of course it is! Jimmy is putting on a good show saying Roman isn’t here, but Jimmy has it wrong. Roman knows that Edge knows what’s coming. They’re trying to pull one over on the Ultimate Opportunist, which is interesting. Edge could beat up Jimmy, but then the supposed Tribal Chief shows up for a 2v1, but Edge knows that. And he doesn’t care. Edge is tired of Roman, of Roman’s family, and of excuses.

They can set a trap for Edge, because they’ll be facing an “angry, vindictive son of a bitch.” The Rated R Superstar sees through the schemes, but will Roman have something up his sleeve Edge doesn’t see coming?


Rick Boogs finds Baron Corbin backstage.

Boogs says he was talking to the guys in the locker room about getting something to eat, and he feels Corbin should join them. They’ll get chicken a la king. Okay, okay, sorry, but Corbin will probably feel a lot better about this after a good night’s sleep. On a king sized bed. Okay, okay, okay, honestly, honestly! Nakamura said the funniest thing last night. They were playing Checkers, and he said… “King me!” Boogs is obviously amused with himself but Corbin isn’t. Is it fun kicking a guy while he’s down? Well here’s what Corbin has to say to him and everyone else: screw you. Will Corbin be able to get past the past and look to a brighter future?


Sonya Deville heads to the ring.

After naming Carmella to the Women’s MITB match for SmackDown last week, the WWE official is ready to name a second! Will Liv Morgan’s win last week have made an impression? Or does Sonya have someone else in mind? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Sonya is honored to name the second SmackDown participant. One of the most dynamic and driven WWE superstars today… “Please welcome Zelina Vega!” La Muneca is back and is jumping right into a major opportunity! SmackDown’s field is now halfway filled, and Vega gets a mic to say hi to Sonya. And yes, it is nice to see her. Clearly it IS Sonya’s honor to announce Vega’s return, just like it’ll be Vega’s pleasure to grab the MITB contract and, at the right moment, with whoever the champion is and when they’re vulnerable, that is when Vega will be cashing in HER Ms. MITB Contract to achieve her goal of becoming a Raw, SmackDown or even NXT Women’s Champion!

But wait, here comes Liv Morgan again! “No no no nonono.” What is this? It is bad enough to just put Carmella in the match without her even earning it, but Liv still feels she belongs! Now Sonya is rewarding Vega with a spot? Vega says she’s that good. Oh yeah, she worked so hard, huh? But Vega doesn’t deserve this, she hasn’t competed all year! How is this fair? Vega mocks Liv and says it is fair because Vega has competed in this ring for years! She is one of the most popular female competitors in WWE history! And she can run circles around Liv, embarrass her, and will show how Liv is just an amateur. So that is why Vega is in the MITB match!

Liv SLAPS Vega! “Prove it!” Liv wants to have a match with Vega now! Sonya thinks it over, and says alright. Another match for the determined and hungry Liv Morgan, but will this finally be what convinces Sonya?

Liv Morgan VS Zelina Vega!

SmackDown returns and Vega already has Liv caught in an Iron Octopus! Liv powers out, but Vega throws Liv down by her hair! Vega swaggers about, runs at Liv on the ropes and tiger feints to a DRAPING CRUCIFIX! The ref counts, Vega lets off, and Mella is watching backstage as Vega bulldogs Liv down! Cover, TWO! Vega is annoyed with Liv and she slaps her to a corner! Vega runs, in Liv goes up and over and comes back, but into a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated with Liv now, and she bumps Liv off buckles. Vega gets in Liv’s face before she BOOTS her, then kicks her down! Vega runs to KNEE Liv down! Cover, TWO!

Vega throws a bit of a tantrum, but Liv gets her for a ghost pin! TWO, Vega kicks but Liv blocks to spin and O’Conner Roll! TWO, Vega has the tights! The ref sees that, stops counting, and Liv rolls Vega with tights!! Liv wins!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

Turnabout is fair play! Vega is furious about it, but will Sonya give Liv her chance at MITB?


Sonya talks with Adam Pearce.

But then Seth Rollins walks in and is very polite as he says hello and introduces himself, then lists off his accomplishments. Pleasure to make their acquaintance. They know who he is, Seth… Yes, right, they do! Because he is sure they’d forgotten since they gave Edge the match at MITB! They promised that match to Seth, remember?! Sonya says they never promised him anything, they were just going to take it under advisement. But they said they were inclined to agree with Seth! Pearce says Edge deserves this opportunity. Yes, yes, Edge deserves it. But do you know who else deserves it? SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!!

Pearce says Seth can’t pretend Edge doesn’t have all the same accomplishments he does. But the difference is that Edge won the 2021 Royal Rumble match, but he did not get his 1v1. Oh is that Rollins’ fault? No it’s not! You nincompoops did that to him! Well, the decision has been made, and Rollins gets his opportunity to win the Men’s MITB ladder match so he can use the contract to cash-in. That is, if Rollins beats Cesaro in a qualifier. Rollins takes a deep breath to keep calm, and then smiles, and even laughs. Is the Architect not taking the Swiss Superman seriously enough given the golden ticket is on the line?


Otis w/ Chad Gable VS Angelo Dawkins!

This match was meant to happen a week ago, but the Alpha Academy’s top (and only) student bulldozed Dawkins before the bell ever rang! Will Dawkins bring the #CurseofGreatness down upon Otis and make him pay for what he’s done to the Street Profits? Or will Otis just bulldoze Dawkins after the bell rings this time?

SmackDown returns and Dawkins makes his entrance. The bell rings this time, Dawks fires off haymakers but Otis shoves him. Dawkins dodges and back elbows but Otis stays up! Gable is on the apron, Dawkins DECKS him, but Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins! Otis drags Dawkins up, hammerlocks the bad arm and RAMS it into buckles! Dawkins scrambles away but Otis is on him in the other corner. Otis hammerlocks the arm again for the FALL AWAY SLAM! Dawkins writhes and flounders while Gable tells Otis to stay on him. Otis throws the headbands away and then gets Dawkins up. Otis whips Dawkins hard into buckles, then CLOBBERS him again!

Gable cheers Otis on as his “Number one guy,” and Otis goes to a corner. Otis climbs, aims, and DOZER SPLASHES!! But Otis doesn’t cover there, he wants to make Dawkins suffer! Otis drags Dawkins closer to the corner, climbs up again, VADER BOMB!! Cover, Otis wins!

Winner: Otis, by pinfall

Gable celebrates with Otis, who is truly a human wrecking ball! Will the Alpha Academy soon steamroll their way to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships?



The last two SmackDown Men’s MITB qualifiers have been made! We already know about Rollins VS Cesaro, but now Nakamura VS Corbin has been added! Will Corbin get a semblance of payback on #Kingsuke by denying him this next prize?


Jimmy talks with Heyman at gorilla position.

Where’s Roman? Jimmy heard Edge talking all that about Roman being motivated by fear and stuff. Roman needs to know about this, Uce. Heyman says they both know how Jimmy’s cousin is. The Tribal Chief operates on Tribal Chief time. Everything that Roman does, he does for the family. He does for those who do for him. All Jimmy has to do is go out there and be #MainEventJimmyUso! Jimmy likes the sound of that and says he will! Jimmy will do it for Roman! Jimmy makes his entrance and goes to the ring, but is he the one falling for a trap?

SmackDown returns again and Jimmy asks, “Where you at, Edge? Cuz I’m right here, Uce!” Where’d Edge go? Looks like it’s just them tonight. No Roman here tonight, Edge. To be real, Jimmy doesn’t need Roman. He can handle Edge all by himself! So where you at? Seems to Jimmy that Edge ain’t man enough to get back here and be face to face with him. This isn’t a trap, Jimmy promises. This is just Uce calling Edge out! Let’s go! Jimmy paces, and gets fired up. “Bring yo’ ass out here right now!” Edge makes his entrance, has a mic, and says, “You think you’re smart? All jacked up, acting all bowed up, because you’ve got your cousin waiting in the wings?”

Does Jimmy not see it? Roman is using Jimmy like he uses the entire family! Just look w hat happened to Jey! Roman beat the hell out of Jey until Jey acknowledge Roman as Head of the Table! Jimmy knows, he was there! And then when Roman was done with Jey, he moved on to Jimmy. What happened to Jimmy’s backbone? What happened to #NobodysBitch? Now you are one! And here’s what Jimmy doesn’t realize: Roman laid the perfect trap, but not for Edge. This is a trap for Jimmy. Edge goes to the ring, Jimmy looks around, and no Roman. Jimmy rushes Edge but is sent into a corner! Edge POSTS Jimmy in another corner!

Edge goes out to the apron, drags Jimmy up and POSTS him on yet another corner! Jimmy flops down, Edge pulls steel steps apart and brings the base over, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him down! Jimmy snarls as he gets back up and gets Edge to the steps. Jimmy SMACKS Edge off the steel, puts Edge back in the ring, and then drags him to center. Jimmy rains down furious fists and then looks around. No Roman still, so Jimmy rushes Edge again. Edge BOOTS Jimmy down! Edge returns the ground ‘n’ pound from all sides! Edge drags Jimmy into the CROSSFACE! Jimmy has the same look of shock and fear as Roman did, and he TAPS OUT!

Edge lets Jimmy go, but he’s not done with him! Edge aims from a corner, watches Jimmy gasp and sputter while getting to his feet, and then runs in to SPEAR Jimmy down!! Edge still isn’t done, and he goes out to get chairs! We all know what Edge does with those, but then he breaks off a crossbar! Edge wants to truly recreate WrestleMania 37 with Jimmy in Roman’s place! Crossface with the crossbar!!! Jimmy really does have the same look of fear as Edge shouts, “LOOK, ROMAN!! LOOK IN HIS EYES, ROMAN!!” Jimmy taps but it doesn’t matter as Edge keeps going! “I’M COMING FOR YOU, ROMAN!!!”

Edge finally lets Jimmy go to stare into the camera, and shouts “I. Don’t. STOP!” Will Roman choose to stay away until the last possible moment? Or is Edge playing right into Roman’s heartless game of chess?

My Thoughts:

Another great SmackDown, and it is pretty wild how Roman wasn’t actually on the show tonight, yet the story still had great progress. Edge does make a good point that Jimmy’s sudden flip in character seems a little too quick, but it also still feeds into everything. Jimmy is another pawn, Roman let him take that beating as part of a twisted test of loyalties, while also having Edge get himself so fired up that he might mess up at MITB. At a certain point, this has to push even Jimmy to where he realizes what’s happening and the Usos reunite while standing against Roman. And I still don’t see Edge coming out Universal Champion, even if MITB is the first WWE PPV in front of fans since Mania.

It was obvious with last week’s win that Bayley was going to challenge Bianca for the title again, but an I Quit match is going to make this insane! The live fans are going to eat that up so it is a great choice for MITB. The promo segment setting this up could have been a bit better, something still seems off when Bianca and Belair talk to each other, but it’s a minor thing compared to the action. Seth Rollins had a good segment with Sonya and Pearce to set up his newest rematch with Cesaro, and making it an MITB qualifier on top of it is good. It at least gives us reasons why Rollins doesn’t go after Edge directly, and I wonder if Rollins wins MITB to then try a NEW Heist of the Century.

The Last Man Standing match between Kevin and Sami was incredible! I’m sure they made sure it wasn’t the main event match so that it could have time to breathe, and that made it all the better for it. When was the last time any promotion anywhere gave us a table tower spot? Kevin winning makes all the sense, from how he has to get past Sami to go back after Roman and the Universal Championship, and this fits how Kevin has been telling Paul Heyman on Talking Smack that he’d get the MITB contract so that Roman won’t have a choice in facing him again. However, a lot of that likely means Kevin isn’t winning so that he has to fight his way back.

We got a good tag match out of Big E, Nakamura, Apollo and Corbin, but boy WWE loves to kayfabe dump on Corbin sometimes. His car being towed as a distraction so Nakamura & Big E could win seemed a match too soon. Boogs poking fun at him also seemed too much. Isn’t Corbin still a Heel? I get that bad things happening to bad people is on some level gratifying, but we shouldn’t have someone verbally bullying the Heel and still be a Face. Nakamura VS Corbin again in a qualifier next week is surely so Corbin can get back to winning on some level, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they used it to just pile on him more.

Zelina Vega returning is quite the shock, given all the things that happened between her and WWE. And it’s anyone’s guess if this helps get Aleister Black/Tommy End back. Vega VS Liv was a good match but of course Liv won because she’s going to keep in this until it comes down to the fourth and final spot. Otis getting the last match of the night, essentially the main event, is great for him. He manhandled Dawkins far more than I expected, and at this rate, he might bypass the tag titles to go for the Intercontinental Championship. The Mysterios still need to make a kayfabe physical recovery, but they might not stand a chance in a rematch with this Otis.

My Score: 8.4/10

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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (7/6/22)

Big fights tonight on Dynamite!



AEW Dynamite 2021

The Maniac takes on a monster!

The AEW TNT Championship in a Street Fight, and the Interim World Championship in a battle of badasses, what a way to follow Blood & Guts!


  • AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ Dan Lambert VS Wardlow; Wardlow wins and becomes the new AEW TNT Champion.
  • Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny; Swerve in Our Glory wins.
  • Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Rush; Rush wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It; The Acclaimed & Gunn Club win.
  • Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir; Thunder & Storm win.
  • Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King; Moxley wins and retains the interim title.


AEW TNT Championship Street Fight: Scorpio Sky w/ American Top Team VS Wardlow!

The Closer is finally 100%, and he’s ready to go all out just to prove he IS the Face of TNT! But will he be able to hold onto “Genie” when there’s nothing holding the Maestro of Mayhem back? Or will Scorpio win this war?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who Mr. Brodie Lee smiles down upon in a battle for this title.

Scorpio and Wardlow circle, Scorpio fires off testing punches and kicks, but Wardlow TOSSES him to a corner! Wardlow rushes in but Scorpio dodges to fire off body shots. Wardlow choke grips Scorpio and backs him down, but Scorpio fights free. Scorpio fires off knees and a KICK, then runs, only to get run over! Fans fire up with Wardlow as he stalks Scorpio. Wardlow whips Scorpio but Scorpio reverses, only for Wardlow to block and reverse! But Scorpio LOW BLOWS right on the rebound! No disqualifications but that’s just dirty! Scorpio runs, but into a clinch! And OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

Wardlow seethes and he storms up and Scorpio to TOSS him across the way! Wardlow storms up on Scorpio in the corner to then TOSS him back the other way! Wardlow soaks up the cheers from the fans but Scorpio bails out. Wardlow takes a moment to catch his breath after Scorpio’s low blow, and then Wardlow goes out to fetch Scorpio. Dan Lambert suddenly grows a pair and smacks Wardlow on the back. Wardlow scowls at Lambert but Lambert shrinks behind his wall of MMA fighters. Wardlow dares one of them to bring it, but then Scorpio RAMS Wardlow into the steel steps! Wardlow tumbles over, then American Top Team swarms him!

The trained fighters all stomp Wardlow like goons but Scorpio has them clear out. Scorpio says he’s got this, and he stalks Wardlow back into the ring as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Wardlow gets up in a corner but Scorpio KICKS him in the leg. Wardlow shoves Scorpio away and goes to another corner but Scorpio rams into him. Wardlow clubs Scorpio but Scorpio knees low, snapmares Wardlow down and clamps on a chinlock. Wardlow endures the grind and fans rally up. Scorpio leans all his weight but Wardlow fights up and RAMS Scorpio into a corner! And again! And again! Wardlow backs off to run in, but Scorpio sends him into buckles! Scorpio fires off haymakers until Wardlow sits down, then Scorpio flexes. Ethan Page is fired up for his tag partner, but Wardlow gets up to CLOBBER Scorpio!

Wardlow shakes out the arms as he gets back up and he CLOBBERS Scorpio again. Wardlow is getting mad now, and he CLUBS Scorpio on the back. Wardlow puts Scorpio in a corner, RAMS into him, and then uppercuts! Scorpio sits down and Ethan talks trash but Wardlow gives it back. Wardlow stands Scorpio up to RAM into him again. Scorpio claws Wardlow’s eyes! Scorpio kicks Wardlow’s leg and has him in a corner for more haymakers. Scorpio whips corner to corner but Wardlow reverses. Wardlow runs in but Scorpio dodges, Wardlow hits POST! Dynamite returns to single picture as Scorpio climbs up to rain down fists on Wardlow!

American Top Team coach Scorpio on and he bumps Wardlow off buckles. Fans cuss out Lambert as Scorpio drags Wardlow to the top. Wardlow resists the superplex and shoves Scorpio down! Wardlow adjusts, and SWANTON BOMBS! Fans are thunderous for Wardlow as he looms over Scorpio. Wardlow says it’s time, and he drags Scorpio up and reels him in! Lambert sends his men in, but Wardlow CLOBBERS and BOOTS and DECKS and CLOBBERS and CLOBBERS and TOSSES them all out! Wardlow hauls one up to trophy lift and TOSS onto the pile! Fans fire up but Scorpio has the belt! Wardlow turns around into a BELT SHOT!! Cover, TWO!!

No one can believe Wardlow survives the screw job! Lambert tells Scorpio to keep after him, and Scorpio pretends the straps are down. Scorpio reels Wardlow into a fireman’s carry, but Wardlow slips off and shoves Scorpio into Lambert! Down goes the fat head and now Wardlow hits a SPINEBUSTER on Scorpio! The straps actually come down, and fans are thunderous again! Wardlow drags Scorpio up, reels him in, points to the belt, and hits a POWERBOMB! Wardlow grins and fans are thunderous for just the first verse! The second one is going to be the same, a POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (NEW AEW TNT Champion)

The Men of the Year and American Top Team could not withstand the War Dog, the War Machine, the War Hammer, THIS IS WARD~LOW!! The confetti flies and Wardlow holds the belt up high, will the new champion blaze a path of destruction through the roster?


Jon Moxley speaks.

“A lot of people have tried to make a name off of me. A lot of people have lost a lot of money betting against me. And tonight, those people are licking their lips. They’re watching me and waiting for me to be caught off guard, and hope that one day, somebody’s gonna come along and surprise me and put a beating on me that I never recover from. They think tonight, Brody King is gonna surprise me, they think he’s gonna catch me off guard, they think I don’t know exactly what kind of monster I’m dealing with in Brody King. But maybe y’all forgot exactly what kind of monster you’re dealing with in me.

“Ten days ago, I took a man I deeply respect and admire in Hiroshi Tanahashi, and I beat his face in. A few days after that, I was carving dudes’ faces up like hamburger in a steel cage! For fun! Blood & Guts is like golfing on a Sunday for me. And then a few days after that, I signed on the dotted line to defend the AEW World Championship against Brody King. Yeah, I know exactly who Brody King is. Y’all think I didn’t do my homework? I’ve seen him in NJPW, I’ve seen him in ROH, I know his friends, I know his enemies. Only one question left: How big is his heart? Does he have a monster sized heart beating in that chest?

“We’re gonna find out because he’s gonna be swimming in the deep waters with the biggest shark in this game, the AEW World Champion, Jon Moxley. When you step into the ring with anybody from the Blackpool Combat Club, we find your limits and we push them. We find out just how bad you want it! Being made for the BCC, being world champion, it ain’t for everybody. But it’s what I do every day. Step up or get stepped on.” The Maniac gives his ultimatum, how will the House of Black’s hulking beast respond?


Mark Sterling and Tony Nese speak.

Smart Mark asks if the camera is rolling. It is, and it seems Sterling wants us to see them get a very big signature on their petition. Keith Lee is walking up, and Sterling says this is “The People Against Swerve Strickland” to remove Swerve from the roster. Swerve is untrustworthy, he stabs people in the back, just like Keith! Sterling thinks Keith should sign it. Keith says greetings to Mr. Sterling and Mr. Nese. And yes, he has trust issues with Swerve, but they are still a tag team, and they are still winning. Unlike Nese and Sterling. Keith heads out and Nese tries to figure out what Keith meant by that. But will Swerve only prove Sterling right tonight?


Christian Cage & Luchasaurus are here.

Captain Charisma and his brainwashed behemoth are in Rochester, New York, and fans boo because of how they’ve both betrayed Jungle Boy. Christian has a mic to say, “Here we are, on the heels of Blood & Guts, and I am the Cage that everybody is talking about. Now, you ignorant pieces of crap think that you deserve to know the reason why I turned my back, and said and did the things that I did to Jungle Boy and his family, are now demanding answers, wanting to know why Luchasaurus decided to remain aligned with me.” Fans boo but that is technically true, we do want to know why.

But wait! MATT HARDY is here! And he has a mic to tell Christian, “You are unreal. You’re like the Michael Jordan of being an asshole. Every time I don’t think you can top yourself again, you somehow do.” Hardy will be honest, JB was his friend. Hardy got to know JB well these last few months. JB trusted and respected Christian, and Christian screwed him over! No one, let alone JB, deserved what Christian did. Hardy gets up at the ring but Christian wants to get this straight. “You’re going to sit here and pretend you’re suddenly buddy-buddy with Jungle Boy, like you know him the way that I know him? Or the way that Luchasaurus knows him?

“Here’s the thing, Matt. You’re starting to make your brother sound like the sober one.” No one can believe Christian went there! The fans double down on calling Christian an A-Hole. Hardy sees what’s going on here with Luchasaurus now. Hardy and Christian have been at this a long time, and in the last few years, Christian is just using Luchasaurus to make as much money as he can. But Hardy can’t be a hypocrite, he did the same. He took advantage of Private Party, Butcher & Blade, and he used them. But he hates himself for that and regrets that time so badly. And in a twist of fate, his last month has been upside-down, it’s been a mess.

Hardy says maybe he deserves that, it’s karma coming to get him. But right now, Hardy won’t let another be taken advantage of. Not Luchasaurus or anyone else. Christian says no, Hardy is here because of his ego! We all know Matt Hardy is a clout chaser, which is why he can’t stand when his name isn’t in the headlines for more than two seconds. Right? He’ll use everyone around him! His kids, his wife, his father-in-law, his dog Sparky, his Aunt Jenny, a dilapidated boat, a lawnmower, and hell, he’ll even turn a blind eye to his own brother’s issues just to ride his coattails for one last run!

Hardy says Christian is delusional, but Christian says Hardy is here under the guise of caring for Jungle Boy, when the fact is, Hardy realized that Christian is the most influential star in AEW and Hardy needs to be near him. That is embarrassing, Matt, it really is. But what’s even worse, Matt’s screw-up brother isn’t the most embarrassing part of his family, MATT is! Hardy wans to throw down but Luchasaurus steps in his way. And Christian cheap shots Hardy! Hardy chokes Christian but Luchasaurus HEADBUTTS Hardy out of the ring! Luchasaurus goes out and RAMS Hardy into the steel steps!

Christian tells Luchasaurus to finish Hardy, but Hardy fires forearms back! Luchasaurus UPPERCUTS Hardy, digs his head into the post, and then BOOTS him against the steel! But this isn’t enough, Christian has Luchasaurus clear the timekeeper’s table! Luchasaurus then choke grips to CHOKE SLAM Hardy through the table!! Christian then sits by Hardy to say, “There you are. Your name is in the headlines. Enjoy your relevance.” Christian leaves with Luchasaurus, will they continue to stoop to new lows in order to rise up the ranks?


AEW has the aftermath of Blood & Guts.

A bloody Matt Menard says that the only reason the others agreed to such as match is because of Chris Jericho. And if the Jericho Appreciation Society got anything out of that night, it’s that they stole the privilege of seeing Eddie Kingston make Jericho tap! Menard was the one who gave up when Claudio Castagnoli had the Sharpshooter on, sparing Jericho from Eddie’s stretch plum. William Regal says that after 39 years in this business, he has never ever witnessed such horror as Blood & Guts. Ortiz says he wants more! More blood, more guts, just MORE! Regal says that is what the Blackpool Combat Club is all about.

Claudio says you can call him The Mailman now, because he always delivers! Menard says if you want big money, you gotta do that “big boy sh*t.” Angelo Parker, as bloody as he ended up, vows that the JAS will not stop until Eddie Kingston is in a grave!! Will there be no end to the war of JAS VS BCC? Speaking of…

Tony Schiavone interviews Claudio and Jake Hager backstage.

Not just that, but it’s the parking lot. Schiavone says this may not be the best place for this, but he is here with two giant men who know each other well. They’ve both signed a waive, No Physicality. Hager says that’s right, no physicality here tonight. The 16 THOUSAND people at Forbidden Door cheered Claudio on, and that may have him thinking he’s tough, but deep down inside, he knows he’s not as tough or as hard as Jake Hager. Claudio knows he’s not a world champion like Hager. Claudio was never world champion in ROH or in WWE, and he won’t be one here in AEW. Hager is an UNDEFEATED MMA pro-fighter, and it is about time he got some respect.

Claudio tells Hager that everyone who says, “I want my respect,” doesn’t deserve respect! Claudio beat Zack Sabre Jr, one of the best technical wrestlers, in his first match here. And then Claudio went on to lead his team to victory against Hager’s team- Oh, sorry, Hager just carries the bags for Jericho, right? But while Hager got his arm wrapped, Claudio got his raised, and it’ll happen again next week when they go 1v1. Hager may be undefeated in MMA, but Claudio is undefeated in AEW, where rankings matter. And next week, Claudio is going to go 3-0! Will the Swiss Cyborg dismantle Rock Hard Hager when they meet man to man once again?


Swerve in Our Glory VS The Butcher & The Blade w/ The Bunny!

Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland are still trying to smooth things out, but they at least have common enemies to focus on tonight. Will their Limitless House still stand? Or will the mercenaries help stick that knife in Keith’s back for Swerve?

The teams sort out and Blade steps against Keith. Fans rally up for Keith but Blade talks trash as he conducts the singing. “OH~ BASK IN HIS GLORY~!” Blade SLAPS Keith, but Keith HEADBUTTS Blade! Butcher tags in and fans fire up to see him tie up with Keith. They are in a deadlock, break, and go again. Keith powers Butcher to a corner, Butcher goes up the corner, but Keith TOSSES him away! Keith stalks Butcher but Butcher bails out to get a chair! Blade wants Butcher to calm down but Swerve is backing Keith up. Butcher cools off and puts the chair down to get in the ring. Butcher tags Blade and Keith tags Swerve.

Fans rally as Swerve and Blade go around. Blade wants a leg but Swerve counters with a chinbar. “Whose House?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Swerve headlocks but Blade pries free. Blade headlocks, Swerve powers out and things speed up. Swerve hurdles but not high enough and he basically hip drops onto Blade’s head! Blade drags himself up the ropes, Swerve storms up but Blade throws elbows. Blade runs, but he fakes Swerve out then dodges. Swerve trips Blade to headlock, but Blade pulls hair. the ref reprimands, Blade waistlocks but Swerve tags in Keith! Keith pulls Swerve and Blade into the corner, Swerve switches to O’Conner Roll, and Keith CLOBBERS Blade!

Swerve steps in to basement SHOTGUN Blade, then Keith hauls Blade up. Keith bumps Blade off buckles, tags Swerve back in, and Swerve holds Blade in for the GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Swerve then stalks Blade as he staggers, but Blade JAWBREAKERS back! Blade runs in but Swerve TOSSES him out. Swerve goes out, Blade staggers, but Butcher is lurking. Bunny gets in the way and Swerve hesitates. Butcher CLOBBERS Keith off the apron, then runs at Swerve! Swerve holds the ropes down and Butcher takes a tumble! Swerve aims at Blade but Blade sweeps the legs! Swerve crashes down and Bunny laughs at his pain while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Blade drags Swerve up to turn him for a NECKBREAKER to the floor! Swerve crawls away but Butcher and Blade drag him up. Blade puts Swerve in the ring, drags him over and tags in Butcher. The mercs mug Swerve, Butcher HEADBUTTS him, and then CHOPS Swerve in the corner. Butcher digs his forearms into Swerve at the corner, lets off as the ref counts, and Butcher whips Swerve hard into the corner! Swerve falls and Blade tags in to drag Swerve into ropes. Blade CHOKES Swerve, lets off as the ref counts, but Bunny CHOKES Swerve now! The ref misses that but Keith protests. Bunny frolics while Blade drags Swerve up.

Butcher tags in and the mercs hit a LEG DROP SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Butcher sits Swerve up to KNEE him in the back again and again! Butcher CLUBS Swerve, Swerve kicks and CHOPS back. Butcher CHOPS Swerve, Swerve kicks back but Butcher throws haymakers and CHOPS! Tag to Blade and they mug Swerve in the corner. Blade digs his boots in but the ref counts. Bunny mocks Swerve and Butcher CLUBS Swerve against the apron. Butcher shoves Swerve in for Blade to drag him. Butcher tags in, the mercs mug Swerve more, and then Butcher puts Swerve up on the top rope.

Butcher climbs up after Swerve as Dynamite returns to single picture. Swerve resists the superplex and wrenches an arm! Swerve bends and BITES fingers, but the ref reprimands. Swerve ROCKS Butcher with forearms, then DECKS him off the ropes! Swerve adjusts, leaps, and FALLING UPPERCUTS! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Swerve crawls to hot tag Keith! Keith rallies on Blade, ROCKS Butcher, and then SPLASHES in the corner. SPLASH for Blade, too! Butcher runs in but Keith SWATS him! Then Keith TOSSES Blade at Butcher! Both men fall over and fans fire up with Keith!

Keith stalks Blade, ROCKS him to the corner, and he tags Swerve. Swerve goes up, Keith brings Blade out but Butcher goes after Keith! The ref reprimands, Butcher fires off forearms but Swerve slingshots and somersaults to COMPLETE SHOT on Butcher! Keith fireman’s carries Butcher for a pop-up, ROLLING ELBOW SCREW HIGH KICK COMBO! Keith runs while Swerve staggers over to Blade, Blade pulls Swerve into the way! Keith POUNCES Swerve!! Keith freak out but turns around into a STUNNER! Butcher LARIATS Keith! Swerve BOOTS Butcher, hops up, but Butcher TOSSES him into a KNEE from Blade!

And then Butcher runs to LARIAT Swerve!! Cover, Keith breaks it just in time!! Bunny freaks out and the New York fans wanted their guys to win that one! Blade & Butcher focus on Keith but Keith fires off hands on them! That’s still 2v1, but Keith powers up! DOUBLE LARIATS collide, but then Blade KNEES Keith! Swerve gives Butcher a HOUSE CALL! Blade RAMS Swerve into a corner and puts him up top! But Keith SPLASHES Blade into Swerve’s knees! Keith keeps Swerve up and they fist bump. Pop-up and SWERVE BOMB!! Cover, Swerve & Keith win!!

Winners: Swerve in Our Glory, by pinfall

Somehow, someway, Keith & Swerve pull it out! But Team Taz barges out to say this is really starting to piss them off! Will Hobbs says the fans can feel it. “You think we’re going to allow you two to still come out here and disrespect us? What you have in front of you is two grown ass men, trick ass bitch!” Ricky Starks has Hobbs hold the FTW Championship so he can have the mic. They’ve been playing real nice right now, because they could’ve ended Keith’s & Swerve’s careers online and on the mic. If you don’t believe them, ask their former teammate!

But if Swerve & Keith wanna act like they’re somebody, when every time they’ve stood in the ring against Team Taz, every time they try to get on the mic against them, Team Taz has proven there are levels to this, and Swerve & Keith are NOT on their level! They are levels below them! Starks says that just because of where they came from, Swerve & Keith think they can get a shot at them! Well if you want to talk about it, Starks will beat their asses right now! But if we’re talking about who the best tag team is, then- “SUPERKICK! PARTAAAY~!” The AEW World Tag Team Champions, the YOUNG BUCKS, are here!

Matt Jackson has the music cut, and he says Starks may as well have just been in the back to cue up their music for them. That was pretty sweet. And gentlemen, sorry to interrupt- Or, no, the Bucks don’t have to apologize for anything, they started this damn company! But hey, great match from Keith & Swerve, they have been killing it. All the teams in the back have been killing it, this whole AEW Tag Division is on fire! “Everyone is eating well. But let us not forget who set the damn table in the first place.” Nick takes the mic to say no disrespect here, because these two teams are very good.

In fact, at Double or Nothing, Team Taz and Swerve in Our Glory “had one hell of a match. It was four and a half stars, that’s unbelievable. But that’s an off-night for the Young Bucks!” And they couldn’t even get the job done, Jurassic Express won. But then look who beat Jurassic Express a few weeks later. “Read it and mother effin’ weep it! WE did!” Now there is a proposal here. How about it’s Triple or Nothing? Next week, a TRIPLE THREAT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH…! Team Taz, Swerve in Our Glory, and though the fans chant for FTR, Nick says, “We’re better than them, and you guys know that, come on.”

But the point is, it will be Team Taz VS Swerve in Our Glory VS “The best damn tag team of all time…! THE YOUNG BUCKS!” Another big opportunity for the #AbsolutePowerhouses in Hobbs & Starks, as well as the Limitless House of Keith & Swerve! Will this Triple Threat finally be a chance for one of those teams to shine with gold? Or are Matt & Nick just taking out two birds with one stone?


The House of Black speaks.

Malakai says, “I envy you, Jon. I envy you for the decisions that you made, and the violence that you inflicted on yourself. We didn’t get the luxury of your decisions. No, our violence is by design. But what I truly envy is the experience that you’re about to have. You think you know pain? You think you know anger? You think you know violence? No, you don’t. But I’ll make sure that Brody King will eave his mark on you. Because the House will make sure that anything that you experience tonight goes far beyond the physical realm of pain. I envy you, Jon.” Just how much brutality will Brody King unleash upon Jon Moxley?


Eddie Kingston is here!

The Mad King goes to the ring where Tony Schiavone is waiting. Schiavone reminds us that a week ago, it was Blood & Guts, and we all saw what happened. But there is still a name on Eddie’s hit list and that is Chris Jericho. Eddie says that before we get to that, please, hold the mic up like a professional, thank you. Eddie says before getting to Jericho, he congratulates Wardlow on tonight’s win. And two, congratulations to everyone that was on the winning team of Blood & Guts, even Claudio. See? Eddie’s a nice guy, he’s maturing. Pbbt. But anyway, here’s the real deal why he’s out here.

“Chris Jericho. You made me a liar. I didn’t taste your blood, you didn’t bleed. SO, I’m gonna get you again, and I’m gonna make you bleed, and I’m gonna taste your blood!” But Chris Jericho, as well as Sammy Guevara and Tay Conti, shout at Eddie via the titantron. They want him to pay attention. Eddie wants to taste Jericho’s blood? Eddie wants to get crazy? You’ll see how crazy Jericho can get. The camera pans over and Tay has been beating up Ruby Soho! There’s an open car door, and Tay has Soho stagger into the gap, to SLAM the door on Soho’s arm!! Soho drops to the floor, clutching her arm!

“Watch yourself Kingston, or this will happen to you!” The JAS rushes off before security rushes in. They call for a medic, has the JAS just broken Soho’s arm just to get at Eddie?


The Dark Order is here!

Fans cheer as Negative One leads the way for Evil Uno, Preston Vance, Alex Reynolds, John Silver & Anna Jay to the ring here in Rochester. Fans cheer for “BRODIE! BRODIE!” to honor Negative One’s father, and Silver has the mic to say, “The Dark Order is in Rochester! And Rochester is Dark Order Country!” Uno takes the mic to say that is why it is very important they’re here today. They have very important news for everyone, and everyone here should here it because they have followed the Dark Order since the beginning, and they made the Dark Order what it is today. Uno wants to personally thank all the fans for showing up and supporting them.

And that is why it is so important that Uno gets to say this. “The six of us… Are here to stay!” Fans cheer as Uno says Dark Order is forever! A new chapter begins, and that begins with a proclamation, and he knows just who should say it. Negative One is given the mic! Fans cheer but then QT Marshall comes out to ruin everything. He doesn’t know how long AEW has to put up with the “charity case” for. Until he’s 18 or something? Fans boo but QT says he gets it. Negative One’s dad was from right here in Rochester. “But you ain’t your father! Your father’s a legend in AEW! He beat me within five minutes in his first match ever here.”

Uno has to hold Negative One back as QT continues to say that Negative One takes after his MOM! QT says that he didn’t bring his friends out here. So Negative One can get his friends out of here to face QT man to man! Or else QT will go to his private locker room and grab each and every one of his action figures to rip their heads off! But wait, here comes HANGMAN PAGE! The Cowboy is still a friend of the Dark Order, and that means he is a friend of Negative One! QT freaks out, but then turns around for Uno to ROCK him with a forearm! Hangman ROCKS QT back, and then they both toss QT into the ring!

Fans fire up as Vance whips QT into a corner for Silver to GAMANGIRI! Silver feeds QT to Reynolds’ ROLLING ELBOW! ENZIGURI! STUNNER! GERMAN SUPLEX! QT flounders from the Beaver Boy Blitz, but then he’s fed to the DISCUS from Vance! Brodie would be proud of that one! Uno has Brodie Jr. tell ’em! “QT, QT, QT. I would pin you right now, but y’know what? I’m gonna wait until I’m 19.” Negative One makes a promise about a decade in the making, will he follow in his father’s footsteps and whoop QT’s ass in his AEW debut?


Good ol’ JR joins commentary!

Jim Ross lends his analysis to the second hour, and it’s going to be a slobber knocker!


Penta Oscuro w/ Alex Abrahantes & Rey Fenix VS Rush w/ La Faccion Ingobernale!

Death Triangle is looking for revenge on #LFI, and that begins with the clash of #CeroMiedo and El Toro Blanco! Will Penta look to bury the White Bull under the cover of night? Or will Rush go on a stampede and start towards the top of AEW?

The bell rings and fans rally behind Penta. Rush rushes in but Penta dodges to CHOP! Rush CHOPS and it’s a CHOP fight already! Fast and furious, back and forth, CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Penta spins to CHOP, then he runs, but Rush follows to CHOP! Penta jumps up but Rush denies the rana. Penta still fires off fists, then hooks the arms,. Rush slips out to throw a body shot, and he suplexes, only for Penta to cradle counter! TWO, and Penta SUPERKICKS Rush down! Rush bails out but Penta builds speed as fans rally. Penta slides but Rush dodges to waistlock. Penta switches but Rush elbows out hard!

Rush whips but Penta stops from hitting steps. Penta elbows Rush back, then whips him at the steps. Rush stops himself, but Penta goes up and FLYING ARM-DRAGS! Fans fire up while Jose fans Rush off. Penta stands Rush up to CHOP again. Penta gets back in the ring, “CERO! MIEDO!” Penta builds speed but Rush gets in to DECK Penta! Rush mocks Cero Miedo and then he soaks up the heat. Rush stands on Penta’s head, drags him up and throws body shots. Rush whips corner to corner and clotheslines, then he whips the other way for a SPALSH! And then a snapmare and basement dropkick! Rush does push-ups just to show off before the cover, TWO!

Rush is annoyed but he drags Penta up. Fans rally but Rush is after the mask! The ref reprimands, but Penta KICKS Rush! Penta runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges to SLINGBLADE! And then another SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up and Rush flounders out. Penta builds speed again to FLY! Direct hit on Rush at the ramp and fans fire up with Penta again! Jose storms over with his tablet of doom, but Alex snatches that away and SPEARS Jose! Alex fires off hands but Jose hits back, and then Fenix and Andrade El Idolo get involved and the ref tries to restore peace while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Fenix and Andrade get Jose and Alex to separate, but then Alex rushes back in! They brawl up the ramp, which is fine because the ref is EJECTING them! Andrade is confused but Fenix tells Alex to keep after Jose! The sidekicks fight all the way backstage while Penta puts Rush in the ring. Penta climbs up a corner while fans fire up, then leaps, but into Rush’s anti-air dropkick! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Rush is upset but the ropes are the ropes. Rush drags Penta up to wrap on a chinlock, but again Penta gets to the ropes. Rush drags Penta away and turns him from the ropes while leaning on the hold. Penta still endures as Rush grinds him down.

Rush drags Penta up to put him on the top rope backwards, then he climbs up behind him. Rush is after the mask again! Penta resists, so Rush drops him into the Tree of Woe! Rush then BUZZSAWS Penta out of the Tree! Rush dusts off his hands and takes a bow as he soaks up the heat. Rush then goes back for Penta to kick and stomp him in the corner. Rush digs his boots in, the ref counts and Rush lets off. The ref reprimands but Rush paces while Andrade talks some trash. Rush drags Penta up, brings him to center and throws a heavy body shot. Rush chinlocks, then digs at the mask! The ref counts but Rush lets off.

Penta throws body shots but Rush KNEES Penta down! Dynamite returns to single picture as fans rally for Penta. Rush brings Penta up but Penta CHOPS again. Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, Rush eggs Penta on! Penta throws forearms but Rush gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Penta dodges the haymaker to hit a BACKSTABBER! Penta then runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Rush is annoyed but Andrade says to keep on him. Rush whips Penta but Penta goes up and over to hit another BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Rush survives and gets to a corner but fans rally up. Penta stomps Rush down but lets off as the ref counts.

Penta pie faces Rush and eggs him on before throwing haymakers. Rush gets mad and choke grips Penta, but Penta CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, Penta CHOPS, they keep going! Penta fires forearms, runs, but Rush HEADBUTTS! Penta wobbles, but he HEADBUTTS back! DOUBLE HEADBUTTS!! Penta’s mask almost comes off from that, but he SUPERKICKS! JUMP KNEE from Rush!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! A standing count starts, Penta and Rush stir. Penta gets to a corner, Rush goes to the opposite. Rush runs in but Penta dodges! Rush hits buckles and Penta CHOPS him! And CHOPS!

Rush turns things around to CHOP, CHOP, but Penta CHOPS and CHOPS! Rush CHOPS, CHOPS, sweeps the legs then stomps away! The ref counts, Rush stops at 4, and then he goes out to the apron. Rush slashes his throat, climbs up top, but Penta ROCKS Rush! Rush HEADBUTTS Penta away, then adjusts to leap and missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Penta is still in this but Rush wants to end it! Rush drags Penta to a drop zone and then goes up the corner. Fans boo but Penta SUPER SENTONS! Cover, TWO!! Penta survives, but Rush hurries to ROCK him with a forearm! Penta sits in a corner, Rush runs corner to corner, but into a SOMERSAULT STUNNER!

SUPERKICK! Penta reels Rush in, “CERO! MIEDO!” Tuck and FEAR FACTOR!! Cover, but Andrade puts the foot on the ropes! The ref sees the ropebreak but Fenix points out it was Andrade! Too late to make a difference now, Rush is still in this. Penta goes back to Rush while the ref is reprimanding Andrade, and Rush LOW BLOWS Penta!! AND snatches the mask!! Insult to injury before the cradle, RUSH WINS!

Winner: Rush, by pinfall

The White Bull pulled off some major bull, that’s for sure! But will both Lucha Brothers get their revenge on Rush & Andrade soon enough?


Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt & Satnam Singh speak.

They’re all very happy, and Sonjay says they’re celebrating already because “Samoa Joe decided to crawl out of that hole that he’s been hiding in.” It is official for July 23rd, Death Before Dishonor, and the ultimate celebration begins when Sonjay’s best friend in this entire world, Jay Lethal, pins Samoa Joe to become the NEW ROH World TV Champion! And Lethal says he will tell us God’s honest truth, “I know that this is not going to be an easy fight.” Samoa Joe is one tough champion. But that’s why Lethal isn’t taking him lightly. But they are taking his championship. They all share a laugh, and Singh adds that Lethal will be the new champion! Will Lethal be able to back up all those words? Or will the Samoan Submission Specialist make Lethal suffer?


Tony Nese & Mark Sterling are still looking for signatures.

They go to the Best Friends, Chuck Taylor, Trent Beretta & Orange Cassidy, saying they’re the last signatures the petition needs to remove Swerve Strickland from AEW. After all, Swerve backstabbed Cassidy during the Royal Rampage. Cassidy says he never reads anything without his lawyer present. He has a lawyer? Yes, it’s DANHAUSEN! He has the paperwork right here. Nese says forget asking, he is going to make Cassidy sign. Chuck & Trent step up to push Nese back but Sterling has everyone just hold on a second. There is money to be made here. Nese VS Cassidy for Rampage! Wait, Danhausen has a better idea! Cassidy VS Nese on Rampage! That’s the same idea!

But anyway, if Nese wins, Cassidy has to sign the petition. Danhausen says objection sustained, and Cassidy says he will allow it. Overruled. What? No, Sterling’s the real lawyer, HE allows things! Hearsay! Sterling grumbles and storms off with Nese, but the deal is struck. Will Cassidy win and strike down this frivolous lawsuit?


8 Man Tag: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club VS Fuego Del Sol & Ruffin’ It!

It’s rather surprising that Max Caster, Anthony Bowens and the Ass B- er, Austin & Colten Gunn, are agreeing to team up again after the heated argument that happened last time. But will they be able to let cooler heads prevail and get another win for the team? And of course, Caster has a rap! “Acclaimed & The Gunns-” GASP! Austin snatches the mic from Caster?! Caster is upset but Bowens keeps him from going after Austin. No disses this week, will the Acclaimed Gunn Club hold it together?

The bell rings and Fuego starts against Austin. Austin turns around into a kick and facelock! TORNADO- NO, Austin FLAPJACKS Fuego away. Tag to Colten and he CLOBBERS Fuego! Colten is fired up but fans taunt the “ASS~ BOYS!” as he stomps Fuego in the corner. Bowens tags in and he drags Fuego out to CLUB away on him. “EVERYONE LOVES THE ACCLAIMED!” Bowens then DECKS Bear Boulder, ELBOWS Ruff and DECKS Bear Bronson! Fuego kicks Bowens and TORNADO DDTS!! Fans fire up as Fuego crawls, and Bronson is back! Hot tags to Austin and Bronson! Bronson rallies on the Gunn Club, and even Caster!

Bronson breaks through the line to DOUBLE LARIAT the Gunn Club! Fans fire up with Bronson and he clotheslines Colten out! Austin staggers into choke grip, SIT OUT SPINEBSUTER! Cover, Caster breaks it! Ruff goes after Caster but Caster TOSSES him! Austin crawls, tag to Bowens! Bowens ELBOWS Bronson, CHOPS him and SUPERKICKS him! Bronson wobbles but Bowens hits a LEAP FROG FAMOUSER! They’re doing Daddy Ass proud as Bowens tags Caster. Caster goes up, but then Austin tags in!? MIC DROP, and then Austin snipes the cover! Acclaimed Gunn Club still wins!

Winners: The Acclaimed & Gunn Club, by pinfall

Billy is upset that his boys aren’t getting along with his sons again, and Bowens shoves Austin! Austin and Colten CLOBBER The Acclaimed! Billy gets in, and he throws Austin away! And the same to Colten! Billy keeps telling them to cut it out, but then he CLOBBERS Caster! The Ass Man sides with his Ass Boys and Bowens doesn’t understand. What happened to scissor fingers? Billy kicks him low for a FAMOUSER! The Gunn Family sticks together, but will they finally get up to the top where they want to be?


Miro speaks.

“Malakai Black… We are different kind of men. You collect the weak, I dispose of them. You stab their backs, while I break them. Don’t you understand? You, a man who preys on the flawed, have enraged a man who is flawless! I, who rattles the gates of Heaven, will destroy the gates of Hell! So go ahead and buy yourself a bag of coins, because when I’m done with you, the House of Black will have many eyes to cover. Because the Redeemer is coming, enraged!!” Will Miro’s wrath wreak havoc on Malakai and his entire house?


Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm VS Nyla Rose & Marina Shafir!

La Mera Mera and the Lightning From Down Under are forces of nature to be sure, but the Native Beast & The Problem have brought their umbrellas. Will these Vicious Vixens be safe from the #ThunderStorm? Or will they still be blown away by the AEW Women’s World Champion and the #1 contender?

The teams sort out and Shafir storms up on Storm to BOOT her down! Nyla gets after Rosa and throws her out while Shafir fires off knee son Storm! The ref reprimands but Shafir whips Storm to ropes. Storm tilt-o-whirls to RANA Shafir! Storm drop toeholds, then runs to basement dropkick! Storm whips Shafir into the corner, where Rosa adds a BOOT! Rosa tags in, fires off body shots on Shafir, then tags Storm back in. Storm stomps Shafir, EuroUppers, then tags Rosa. Rosa runs to DECK Nyla, then she comes back to elbow Shafir! Rosa whips Storm in to uppercut Shafir, then Storm sets up as a step! LA MERA MERA IN MOTION!

Fans fire up and Rosa brings Shafir around to cover, TWO! Rosa keeps on Shafir with a facelock and Storm tags in. They double suplex Shafir, then Storm covers, TWO! Storm keeps on Shafir with a facelock and grinds her down. Fans rally, Shafir endures, and Shafir fights up but Storm bumps her off buckles. Tag to Rosa and Rosa snapmares Shafir for a KICK to the back! Cover, ONE! Shafir grits her teeth but Rosa clamps onto her with a chinlock. Shafir slips out, wrenches an arm to a double wristlock, but Rosa has a leg to trip Shafir to a cradle! ONE, Rosa powers Shafir to a lateral press, ONE!

Rosa keeps on Shafir with the facelock but Shafir fights up. Storm tags in, she stomps Shafir down, and Storm brings Shafir up to CHOP! Storm snapmares and HIP ATTACKS Shafir, then tags Rosa. Rosa CHOPS Shafir, then CHOPS her! Then GRIZZLY MAGNUMS! Tag to Storm and she brings Shafir out. Shafir throws body shots and KICKS the leg! Shafir DECKS Storm, then DECKS Rosa! Storm ROCKS Shafir back with forearms then runs, but the ref is busy keeping Rosa out of the ring, so he misses Nyla SMACK Storm with the umbrella! Nyla shrugs and Shafir fireman’s carries for a WASTELAND SLAM!

Tag to Nyla and Nyla stomps Storm while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Nyla drags Storm up to snap suplex, then roll through to a GOURDBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nyla keeps Storm from Rosa, drags her around and Shafir tags in. They mug Storm, Shafir CLUBS Storm down, then has her on ropes. Shafir chicken wings the arms, drags Storm around, and she taunts Rosa. Storm fights but Shafir spins her for a SAYANAGI! Shafir taunts Rosa more while she paces between her and Storm. Shafir drags Storm up to tag in Nyla and they mug Storm more. Storm hits back, brawls with Nyla, but Nyla throws Storm down by her hair!

Nyla stomps Storm at the ropes and then drags her away. Tag to Shafir, they continue to mug Storm, and then Nyla gives Shafir a boost for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Shafir snarls while fans rally up. Shafir grabs Storm’s hand to bend the fingers and drag her to the corner. Tag to Nyla and she gets Storm’s legs to drop an elbow on the knee. Nyla runs to SPLASH down! Cover, TWO! Rosa rallies the fans but Nyla drags Storm up. Nyla scoops and SLAMS Storm, then drags her up again for another scoop. Storm slips off and RAMS Nyla into a corner! Dynamite returns to single picture as Storm O’Conner Rolls Nyla back!

Nyla rolls through but Storm is on her with a SLEEPER! Storm becomes a backpack but Nyla THROWS her off! Storm crawls, fans rally, hot tag to Rosa! Fans fire up as Rosa goes up top and leaps, CROSSBODY! She bounces off Nyla to then HIP ATTACK Shafir! Rosa CHOPS and forearms over and over and fans fire up! Rosa roars and ROCKS Nyla again! Rosa whips but Nyla blocks by holding ropes! Rosa keeps trying but Nyla swings on her. Rosa dodges, drop toeholds Nyla to ropes, and then stomps away! The ref counts, Rosa runs side to side to DROPKICK! Rosa says una mas, and she runs again, to DROPKICK!

Nyla flounders but fans fire up with Rosa. Still one more, but Nyla reels Rosa into an URENAGE! Tag to Shafir and she hurries after Rosa. Rosa kicks at Shafir but Shafir cartwheels through to get an arm. Shafir pump handles Rosa and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cover, Storm breaks it! Nyla BOOTS Storm and reels her in but Storm SATELLITE DDTS! Storm ducks the roundhouse to GERMAN SUPLEX Shafir! Fans fire up as Storm fires up and hits the HIP ATTACK in the corner! Storm goes up for Rosa to drag Shafir out. Rosa scoops Shafir, Storm is ready on the corner, THUNDERSTORM DRIVER!! Cover, Thunder & Storm win!!

Winners: Thunder Rosa & Toni Storm, by pinfall

And with that, #ThunderStorm wins! Will we see these two continue on as a team? What about the chances of them clashing for the AEW Women’s World Championship once again?


Tony Schiavone is backstage with The Baddies.

Jade Cargill, the still undefeated TBS Champion, tells Tony to “cut the sh*t,” then she asks Stokely Hathaway, “What the hell was that last week?” He says hold on, listen! If a wrestling company can have an Interim World Champion, then they can have an Interim Baddie! Leila Grey walks in and offers a handshake to Jade. Jade refuses, but what about Kiera Hogan? Nope, still rejected. Stokely knows the world wants to know what exactly he said to Leila last week, and he’ll tell us! $1100, because that is what it cost to get Leila to step up.

Stokely knows his math, and he knows 3v2 is better than 2v2. “And it takes a special type of finesse to get someone to go from wanting to beat your ass, to saving your ass.” And you know what they say, “Trust the process.” Stokely goes to put his arm around Leila but she shrugs that off. Jade says if Leila fails to deliver, then that’s Stokely’s ass. Jade and Kiera head out, but Stokely asks if Leila trusts him while offering a fist bump. She doesn’t respond, but he says they’ll talk later. Will Leila prove she can be a true Baddie through and through?


Tony Schiavone now interviews Daniel Garcia.

Garcia requested this time to call out Wheeler Yuta. “Hey, Yuta, last week on Dark, I put my foot on your neck and I held your title above my head, and there wasn’t a damn thing you could do about it. Last week at Blood & Guts, I spent an hour with you in the ring. I felt all that you could give me, you had my blood on your hands. But I’ve determined that you don’t strike an ounce of fear into my heart whatsoever. You’re not scaring nobody with that fake tough guy act, let me tell you.” And at Death Before Dishonor, don’t be scared, Yuta. Give Garcia that shot for the ROH Pure Championship, and whether he’s a pro-wrestler or a sports entertainer, you damn sure will call him the best.


FTR speaks.

Cash Wheeler says, “So we call ourselves ‘7 Star FTR,’ the living legends. We are the current AAA, IWGP and ROH Tag Team Champions, and I can stand here before you and comfortably say that no match has ever taken more out of us than when we won these at ROH Supercard of Honor.” But uh, we’re just a few weeks away from Death Before Dishonor and the PPV return of ROH. And despite the fact that they beat the Briscoes for the ROH titles, despite the fact that they’re on the run of a lifetime, there are still some people who doubt they’re the best in the world, and that doesn’t sit right with them.

Dax Harwood says, “That’s the beauty of professional wrestling. You can think whatever you want, believe whatever you want, but you can also be wrong. If ROH wants to sell a PPV, they gotta put on the rematch of the decade. So I’m telling you right now, Briscoes VS FTR II, one last time to prove who is the absolute best tag team on this planet! Briscoes, if you want to be a king, you got to kill a king. And we ain’t dead yet.” #TopGuys out. FTR is calling out Jay & Mark Briscoe, will Death Before Dishonor 2022 be one for the ages?


Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Brody King!

The Best in the World is away, but the Maniac vows to prove he is the rightful owner of that title. But will he be able to remind everyone that he’s also the scariest monster in wrestling today? Or will the House of Black soon shine in the shadows with gold on the mantle?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and even if this is for the interim title, this fight is going to be legit!

Fans are thunderous already as Moxley and Brody stare down. They slowly circle, tie up, and Brody puts Mox in a corner. The ref counts, Brody lets off to CHOP, and Moxley staggers away to the opposite corner. Fans fire up as Brody watches Moxley get back up. Moxley gets in Brody’s face, and right up in there! Brody and Moxley talk some smack and then Moxley fires forearms and CHOPS! Brody ROCKS Moxley, eggs him on, and Moxley throws a forearm back, only for Brody to ROCK Moxley again! Moxley rebounds but Brody throws him out. Brody then pursues, CLUBS Moxley to the timekeeper’s area, then CLUBS him again.

Brody whips Moxley into railing! Fans fire up, Brody stands Moxley up to CHOP him, and the ring count climbs. Brody ROCKS Moxley, follows him around the way, and then runs in, only to be sent into steel steps! Fans fire up and Moxley brings Brody up to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP into the railing! Moxley refreshes the ring count, headlocks Brody and brings him around the way, then throws knees. Moxley even fishhooks Brody and brings him around, only for Brody to back drop him onto the ramp! Moxley writhes and Brody shakes out the stars. Brody drags Moxley up to whip him into the timekeeper’s area! Moxley tumbles with the table while the ring count climbs!

Brody storms up to Moxley to CHOP him against railing! Brody then puts Moxley back in the ring at 6 of 10, only for Moxley to dropkick the legs out! Moxley throws knees, gets the leg and DRAGON SCREWS! Moxley steps through to have a FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Fans “WOO~!” while Brody endures. Brody clubs Moxley’s legs, pries at the hold, but Moxley keeps the hold on. Brody keeps clubbing, but Moxley lets off. Moxley shoots in to get the leg but Brody CLUBS him. Moxley trips Brody to drop an elbow on the leg, and then another. Brody clamps on with a chinlock to keep Moxley down but Moxley fights free.

Moxley turns Brody over as fans rally, and Moxley hooks the leg. DEATH LOCK SNAPPER! Brody clutches his leg and gets to ropes but Moxley is after him. Moxley stands Brody up but the forearms start flying again. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, Moxley gets boxing elbows going, but runs into a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Moxley survives and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Brody shakes out the bad leg while Moxley crawls to the apron. Brody storms over that way, BLASTS Moxley off the apron and Moxley crashes into the railing! Brody goes out after Moxley and drags him up to scoop and SLAM on the floor! Moxley writhes but Brody KICKS him in the back. Brody paces around, drags Moxley up, and CHOPS him again! Moxley gets into the ring but Brody pursues. Brody clamps onto Moxley with a neck wrench, and even digs his forearms in. Moxley endures, Brody shifts to a cobra twist and he CLUBS away on Moxley’s chest! Cover, TWO! Brody keeps cool and he kicks Moxley against ropes.

Brody scrapes Moxley, CHOKES him against the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally, Brody throws forearms but Moxley CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Brody just CHOPS Moxley right off his feet! Moxley flops over onto his face but Brody stands him back up to CHOP again. Moxley staggers around and falls into a corner, but Brody storms right up after him. Brody drags Moxley up, CHOPS him again, and Moxley is frozen in place! Brody CHOPS him again, and CHOPS him again! Moxley falls down and Brody eggs the fans on as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans boo as Brody eggs Moxley on, then fireman’s carries.

Moxley fights with elbows, Brody starts to drop, but then Brody stands back up! The elbows keep coming, Brody powers up again, and he runs for a corner! Moxley slips off, Brody hits buckles, and Moxley gets to the opposite corner. Brody runs corner to corner, to CANNONBALL into buckles! Moxley avoids disaster and Brody crashes ‘n’ burns! Fans fire up and the standing count starts while both men are down. Moxley and Brody stir, and Moxley runs in to clothesline! Moxley hoists Brody up, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then climbs up after him. Moxley CLUBS and CLAWS Brody’s back, but Brody throws body shots.

Moxley BITES Brody’s forehead! Then SUPERPLEX!! Fans fire up as Moxley puts on the SLEEPER! Brody fights up to fight off the Bully Choke and he snapmares free. Moxley shoots around to full nelson and DRAGON SLEEPER! Cover, TWO!! Brody is still in this but Moxley shouts out Bryan Danielson with DRAGON STOMPS! Moxley then drags Brody up, reels him in, but Brody fights the lift. Moxley ROCKS Brody, Brody ROCKS Moxley, but Moxley ROLLING ELBOWS! Brody stays up, Moxley runs to LARIAT! Brody still stays up! Brody swings, Moxley dodges, but then the LEFT LARIAT takes Moxley down!

Brody drags Moxley up into a PILEDRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Moxley but Brody clamps on with a SLEEPER! Is he going to put Moxley out like he did Darby Allin? Moxley RAMS Brody into buckles, but Brody holds on! Brody climbs the corner, HANGING SLEEPER!! The ref counts, Brody lets Moxley go and Moxley flops down! Brody goes corner to corner to CANNONBALL!! Cover, TWO!! Moxley barely gets out of that, but Brody scoops! Moxley slips out to CLUB Brody but Brody throws a back elbow! Brody runs, but Moxley follows to forearm Brody at the ropes! Moxley runs but Brody follows, only to miss in the corner! Roll-up, TWO!!

Moxley hurries to wrench and reel Brody in, PARADIGM SHIFT!! But Moxley has to push Brody over, so Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Brody withstands those so Moxley goes for the Bully Choke! Brody stands up, it’s a BACKPACK SLEEPER! Brody is fading, but he drops back, BACKPACK SENTON! But Moxley rises to SLEEPER HOLD! Brody moves around but ends up in the BULLY CHOKE!! Brody is fading, the ref calls it! Moxley wins!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by submission (still Interim AEW World Champion)

It was a fight to be sure, but Moxley holds onto the title! Who will step up to him next while we await CM Punk’s return? As for Brody King, fans cheer his valiant effort, and Malakai Black walks out. Malakai looks Brody in the eye, and pats him on the back. But then DARBY ALLIN AND STING appear?! The #RelentlessIcons show Brody King respect! Darby says Brody kicked his ass last week, and it doesn’t matter what anyone says! Brody EARNED his spot here. Darby offers a handshake, but Brody leaves Darby hanging. The House of Black doesn’t do anything for respect, but will they take on Darby & Sting for supremacy in AEW?

My Thoughts:

A great episode for Dynamite, but they sure stretched that first hour. Only two of the six matches happened before Jim Ross joined commentary at the halfway point, and I would’ve liked if they’d tried to split things up a bit more evenly. But even with that, we got a great opener with the TNT Championship. It was obvious the Street Fight would bring out a bunch of American Top Team scrubs for Wardlow to throw around like nothing and then he wins the title. This is still great for Wardlow, but maybe it would’ve been more powerful if he’d won this title sooner, or if it was just Scorpio VS Wardlow 1v1 in a real epic match, not a Heel using all his resources to protect himself.

So apparently Mark Sterling, having been fired by Jade Cargill and not having MJF around, has resorted to filing frivolous lawsuits as his gimmick. It’s pretty funny, though, as he fails to convince Faces to side with him, a Heel. The promo with Best Friends and Danhausen was really funny with Danhausen just spouting legal terminology. Nese VS Cassidy will surely go Cassidy’s way so he can keep building momentum towards a title. Pac defends his All-Atlantic Championship at Rev-Pro’s event this weekend, but I’m pretty sure Pac retains, and then maybe we can get Pac VS Cassidy for this title at All Out.

That’s made even more likely by how Miro is going after Malakai Black. Miro had a very good promo as always, and he’s going to have an awesome match with Malakai. We got quite the promo segment with Christian, Luchasaurus and Matt Hardy. Hardy’s line about the “Michael Jordan of A-Holes” was really good, and of course Christian stoops to bringing up what happened with Jeff Hardy. A bit cheap, but of course Luchasaurus demolishes Matt Hardy. Sounds like this is setting up a tag match where Jungle Boy joins Matt Hardy to take on Christian & Luchasaurus, and we’ll see if JB can turn Luchasaurus back to the light side or if Luchasaurus stays Heel. Honestly, Luchasaurus could probably benefit most from his Heel turn.

We got a good Blood & Guts aftermath promo where a few different guys got to say their piece, and of course we’re getting more Eddie VS Jericho. Tay Conti hurting Ruby Soho could be a way to give us a Mixed Tag before the final blow-off. And adding Claudio VS Hager to things, that match is going to be great, and I would think Claudio wins to stay hot in AEW. We got a very good tag match out of Keith & Swerve VS Butcher & Blade, and I did like that they at least teased the “accidental attack misunderstanding.” Swerve totally understood the Pounce was an accident, and they finished off Butcher & Blade. Hobbs & Starks had a very fired up promo, and the Bucks had a good on to set up another Triple Threat for the titles. I would think the Bucks win that, just as Jurassic Express did.

FTR had a good promo to call out the Briscoes, and you can bet that match will be added to the Death Before Dishonor card. That will be a great match, and FTR will win so they can move on to face Young Bucks at All Out. Garcia had a good promo to call out Yuta, their ROH Pure Championship match will be great stuff, and that could probably go either way. I think Joe VS Lethal for the ROH World TV Championship could go either way, too, because Lethal has Singh and Sonjay on his side to overbook that match. Maybe after DBD, Tony Khan and other executives find a way to put on an ROH TV show, but no idea if I’ll be able to cover it if it happens.

We got a very fun segment out of The Dark Order and QT Marshall. Great to see Hangman join up with Dark Order again, and though not delivered with quite the stank it should have, Negative One at least got through his line about sparing QT more humiliation until he’s an adult. It would be amazing if 10 years from now, we do see Negative One/Brodie Lee Jr. face an old man QT and win in five minutes like his father. And moreover, it was good that Evil Uno assured us that the members of Dark Order we have left are going to stay in AEW one way or another. It’s a shame the faction ran out of steam like it did, but maybe they can rebuild.

We got a pretty good tag match out of #ThunderStorm VS Nyla & Marina, and of course the Faces win. Rosa and Storm can easily have another title match as part of the July themed episodes, like Fyter Fest or Fight for the Fallen. Stretching this to All Out in September would just seem odd to me, so maybe someone comes out of another story primed to face Rosa. Jade not accepting Leila Grey is a natural move for their story, but who knows where it goes from here. Leila could prove herself worthy, because I don’t see Stokely being fired by Jade so soon, and then we could have that Six Woman Tag I expected but Leila in for Red Velvet.

We got a pretty good 8 Man Tag, with the dysfunction finally adding something to the match. The Gunn Club turning on The Acclaimed was quite the surprise, though, but I had a feeling Billy was going to find a reason to be proud of his sons. And this could be the Face turn for The Acclaimed, and that is going to be great because fans love them. Penta VS Rush was awesome stuff, especially with how Alex and Jose got in on it. A Six Man Tag of La Faccion Ingobernable VS Death Triangle where Jose and Alex are the third men would be pretty fun.

And of course, we got an awesome main event out of Moxley and Brody. Moxley was of course retaining, but we all know Brody is badass, and it was cool for Darby to show him respect. Even with Miro coming for Malakai, we need to get House of Black VS Darby & Sting first. Miro could even go after Malakai after the match, regardless of who wins. I don’t know if it has to be a full Face turn for Miro, but he will come off the Face against Malakai since fans still love Miro. As for Mox, the possibilities really are endless for who he can face for the Interim title at All Out. Personally, whether or not Joe wins against Lethal at DBD, give me some Mox VS Joe!

My Score: 8.9/10

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GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship Postponed 

Due to Chris Ridgeway being unable to get a Visa in time for the Nippon Budokan event on July 12th, the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Championship match has been postponed. Therefore, Yoshinari Ogawa and Yuya Susumu will team together against Eita and Kotaro Suzuki. Susumu says he knows he cannot replace Ridgeway, but will fight with him in mind.

Seiki Yoshioka attacks HAYATA (repeatedly)

Following his GHC Junior Heavyweight challenge to HAYATA, Seiki Yoshioka turned the tension up a notch by fighting with HAYATA after the match in Fukushima on the 2nd (HAYATA had made him bleed) and introducing him to his new superkick, and then intruding on the match in Yamagata on the 3rd, which got the match thrown out. Poor HAYATA had been kicked in head quite a few times over the course of the two days, and so was not in any position to speak. Seiki Yoshioka was though, he had taken the belt backstage, and holding it up the camera announced that he was putting everything on the line to win, and he would knock HAYATA out again at The Budokan. Yuya Susumu later posted on his Twitter that he felt he had to apologize for how Yoshioka was behaving.

Speaking of STINGER (HAYATA, Yoshinari Ogawa & Yuya Susumu) came out wearing the green NOAH baseball shirts in Yamagata for the match against Perros Del Mal De Japon (Kotaro Suzuki, NOSAWA Rongai & Super Crazy). They never explained why they were wearing green, and fans were left to speculate that either they were showing their solidarity as NOAH Juniors to Perros, or it was an Ogawa mind game to remind Kotaro where he came from and who he belonged with. The singles match between Kotaro and Ogawa on July 2nd was naturally ruined by Perros who got the match thrown out by intrusion. Given NOSAWA’S comments backstage to Kotaro about “trying harder”, I am wondering how long Kotaro is going to put up with this.

Kenoh, Kojima (and Kobashi)

Following two frustrating pre matches in which neither the champion or the challenger won over the other, and an escalation in “competition” where Kenoh did press ups backstage next to a fallen Satoshi Kojima in Fukushima, and Kojima demonstrated Lion press ups to Kenoh in Yamagata (who comically appeared in front of him and then attacked him screaming about “The Mark of The Lion” and how if he missed it so much he should wear his new t-shirt), Kenoh sought advice from the master of the lariat, Kenta Kobashi by making a first visit to his gym. Lariats are not something Kenoh has used before, so it will be interesting to see if the teaching he got from Kobashi was how to throw them or how to withstand them.

GHC Heavyweight Tag Champion Humiliation

Satoshi Kojima might have had a frustrating stalemate, but at least Kojima was spared the humiliation that the GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions endured, when again they lost via Masa Kitamiya submitting to Hideki Suzuki in Yamagata. Suzuki had said he was doing a kind of scouting mission as he wanted to know their strengths and weaknesses and the strengths and weaknesses of their techniques. Timothy Thatcher was given a firsthand look, when the champions demonstrated their new tandem move, a double powerbomb, to win the match.

Go Shiozaki & Shuhei Taniguchi miss events

Go Shiozaki was absent from the 2nd and 3rd July weekend events due to being a close contact with someone with Coronavirus. This necessitated a card change as it was almost last minute. What was last minute (as in about seven minutes before the event started) was Shuhei Taniguchi being withdrawn from the event due to mild heatstroke.

Yoshiki Inamura’s Fire Festival 2022

Although Yoshiki Inamura did not defeat Masato Tanaka, his Fire Festival opened with a time limit draw at thirty minutes. Inamura didn’t feel that he had approached Tanaka with this, but has sworn to beat everyone else and return to NOAH with the sword.


– Tadasuke is wondering why there has been no comeback from the NOAH Junior Regulars regarding his banishment of Haoh (who seems to have vanished off the face of the earth). I think Tadasuke will get his answer when NOAH are back in Tokyo.

– Alejandro greeted the Yamagata crowd as the Fukushima one, to be scolded by Hajime Ohara for his mistake.

– Kenoh’s Michinoku Pro rival, Fujita “Jnr” Hayato, made his return to the ring following a five year absence due to cancer. He named two people he wanted to fight, Hiromu Takahashi and of course, Kenoh. Kenoh says that he should fight Hayato first. Not only did Hayato mention him first, but even by the Japanese (gojūon) syllabary Kenoh (i.e. KE) comes first. Kenoh then returned to his preoccupation that seems to be obsessing him these days, “The Lion Mark” (New Japan logo).

– Kenoh grumbled that he preferred the sea to rivers just before he posted a video of himself doing Lion Push ups by one.



Fukushima Big Palette (Saturday, July 2nd)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Yamagata Big Wing (Sunday, July 3rd)

Event recap

Post match interviews


  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Satoshi Kojima
    Challenger: Kenoh, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Junior Champion: HAYATA
    Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka, “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Masa Kitamiya & Michael Elgin
    Challengers: The Sugiura Army (Hideki Suzuki & Timothy Thatcher), “ABEMA presents DESTINATION 2022”, Nippon Budokan, 16th July
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Chris Ridgeway & Yoshinari Ogawa)
    Challengers: Perros Del Mal De Japon (Eita & Kotaro Suzuki), Postponed, replacement date to be advised
  • GHC National Champion: Masakatsu Funaki
    Challenger: TBA


(July 2022 schedule)


Friday, July 8th: vs Hide Kubota

July 9th: Road to Nippon Budokan special autograph session

Sunday, July 10th

Venue: Fujisan Messe, Shizuoka

Time: 13:00 JST

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (event will not be streamed live)


“Fire Festival 2022” Press Conference B Block – Yoshiki Inamura comments

I AM NOAH Ring Announcer

Keiji Mutoh Final Countdown Series


Donmai-Donmai (Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary)

GIF taken from NOAH Official Twitter & NOAH Official YouTube

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